One of America's top circuses will have no elephants in its shows after 2018. All its elephants will retire in an animal conservation centre. They will retire there. One hundred years ago, it was OK for animals to be in circuses, but not today. People are worried about them. The circus will continue to use other animals.
Many groups have criticised circuses. One group said circus elephants have a bad life. They have painful bones and lung diseases. It wants the elephants to retire now. Many places in the USA have banned elephants. It is hard for circuses to go on tour. Circus owners said they understand the public's feeling.